For nearly 20 years, Jeffrey Cyr has provided strategic leadership for Indigenous, not-for-profit and government organizations. Jeffrey is currently the Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institutes Advisory Board on Indigenous Peoples’ Health, the Senior Director of Partnerships for the Moose Hide Campaign, Managing Director of the Indigenous management consultancy firm Lacerte and Cyr Indigenous Solutions, and a sessional lecturer at Carleton University in Public Policy. Prior to establishing Lacerte and Cyr Indigenous Solutions, Jeffrey was the Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres where he led a network of 117 Friendship Centres and eight Provincial and Territorial Associations - the most significant off-reserve Indigenous service delivery structure in Canada.
Jeffrey is Metis and from the traditional territory of the Red River Valley (St. Norbert) in Manitoba. Having dedicated most of his career to the betterment of Canada’s Indigenous people, Jeffrey worked for organizations such as the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Manitoba Metis Federation and as a Senior Advisor for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. He also worked for the RCMP as Director of International Relations for International Policing.
He was a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Heath, a Canadian Indigenous representative at the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous People and most recently, a member of the Advisory Circle for the development of Carleton University’s new Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration. Jeffrey has extensive experience in the Privy Council Office on federal-provincial negotiations and the implementation of Indigenous rights and is currently active in supporting Indigenous social innovation and building Indigenous social finance mechanisms in Canada.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Languages and Politics and a Masters degree in Political Studies/International Relations. Jeffrey is a proud husband and father of five children.